|MIT 9.20 Animal Behavior, Fall 2013 - MIT OpenCourseWare|
Instructor: Prof. Gerald SchneiderThe introductory topics will cover various approaches to the study of animals and their behavior. Key concepts in studies of animal behavior, emphasizing ethology, are covered in class and in the assigned readings from Scott (2005), supplemented by selections from other books, especially from classics in the field as well as selected videos. Next, key concepts in sociobiology are covered using readings from Alcock (2001), supplemented by selections from addition...
Keywords: animal behavior; sociobiology; mating behaviors; altruism; path analysis; group selection; fitness; ethology; behavioral organization; behavioral ecology; naturalists; behavioral evolution; reproduction; antipredatory behavior; foraging; feeding; adaptive behavior; learning; imprinting
|MIT 9.20 Animal Behavior, Fall 2005|
Instructor: Gerald Schneider Most of the major categories of adaptive behavior can be seen in all animals. This course begins with the evolution of behavior, the driver of nervous system evolution, reviewed using concepts developed in ethology, sociobiology, other comparative studies, and in studies of brain evolution. The roles of various types of plasticity are considered, as well as foraging and feeding, defensive and aggressive behavior, courtship and reproduction, migration and navigation, ...
Keywords: animal behavior; ethology; behavioral organization; human ethology; habitat; sociobiology; mammals; behavioral ecology; naturalists; behavioral evolution; habitat selection; social organization; sexuality; mating; reproduction; animal learning; antipredatory behavior; feeding; foraging; adaptive behavior